HealthDay reports a new Japanese study is suggesting the use of mouth-to-mouth breathing in addiditon to (the much more hygenic and not-nearly-as-personal) chest compressions can actually be less effective than chest compressions alone for victims of cardiac arrest.
Not that I don’t find my annual CPR renewal enjoyable – I mean, who wouldn’t have a great time wrapping their lips around the mouth of “Rescue Annie’s” removeable latex death mask? (it’s not like it brings “Silence of the Lambs” to life for me, or anything).
A note to American Heart Assn and Red Cross: Please pay close attention to this study. If there’s any truth to the report, I’d predict a lot more people would be willing to take your life saving courses.